Monday, September 10, 2012

Cruzin' With the Girls

On August 26, 2012, two cousins (one from each side of my family) and my sister-in-law (who happens to be Kay's best friends from high school) left for Galveston, Texas to spend the night before boarding the Celebrity Triumph the next day. We ate at Guido's Restaurant and all had delicious seafood. Here is a picture of the Galveston seawall.

Then, on Monday morning the 27th, we piled into the shuttle to take us to the pier. After waiting in line for check-in, we had our picture taken as a group. As you can see, I never leave home without a computer in case I get the urge to write. They do have internet, but it's $29.95 for 45 minutes. Rather high.

Anna Muriel, Cheryl, Linda and Kay
 On board, we headed for our cabins. We'd opted for balcony rooms and had the partition between ours opened so we could visit back and forth in our pajamas. We'd intended to spend more time outside but it was too humid and hot.

The sea was a little choppy as a result of Isaac, but Kay is the only one who got seasick but only for a short while. We all staggered as we walked but fit right in with everyone else.

First full day was at sea we checked out the on board shops, hit the casino, and did pretty much nothing. Our first stop was in Progresso. Everyone but me took the Salsa and Salsa tour. They had a good time, learned how to make authentic salsa  and danced. It was so hot, two of them, along with another participant jumped into the pool fully clothed. I'm sure if I'd gone along I'd have been right in there with them.

Day three was a stop in Cozumel. My sister-in-law swam with the dolphins and then met the shopping group. The two you see in the pool had a wonderful time at the stores and came back with a bag full of goodies, mostly jewelry and rather tanked on margaritas. They had a wonderful time and were braver than Kay and I. She'd survived the heat the day before and said, "No more." I'd done the shopping thing before and wasn't interested in spending my money in the jewelry shops.

From the balcony at night. Isn't it beautiful!
Larry and I had taken this same cruise is November of 2009 and I don't think it was near as hot. We could sit on the balcony and enjoy the waves, but on this trip it was so humid out it was stifling. In 2009 we'd visited a Tequila factory, toured the old market and the first church on the island, toured Mayan ruins, had lunch at a ranch and were later treated to a horse show. Now, I can't remember what we saw at which port and unfortunately I didn't label my pictures, but you can look back to my 2009 posts where I blogged not only about this cruise but the one we took to New England and Canada.

Here we are the last night of the cruise. As always, our waiters were loads of fun and made sure we had everything we wanted to eat. The food was delicious! They also entertained us each night with singing and dancing.

We four girls had a wonderful time together and I think it was the first of many trips to come. Several other cousins have mentioned their interest so hopefully our group will grow.

Thank you for reading my musings today.

Happy Reading and Writing!


  1. Had a great time and was honored to be part of the 'Smith' girls. BTW, Linda. They encouraged us to enjoy the pool if we liked. Beings Cheryl 'liked' it so much, I didn't want her to be alone in the pool. Thanks for including me in this trip to get to know Kay and Cheryl better. Boy, did I.

    1. I'm teasing you guys about the pool. It's a shame they didn't tell you to bring your suits. Yes indeed, you did. I think you and Cheryl are two peas in a pod!

    2. Well I think we are a good match, had such a good time with wonderful ladies. I really got to know Muriel and I agree, we do like to have fun and shop. I felt like myself for the first time in a long time and it really did make for a wonderful week of my life. Thank you girls.

    3. Yes, you are. I'm so glad you felt like yourself again. That's wonderful! We'll have to do something else sometime soon.

  2. It sounds like a great trip. Wonderful pictures. You have a couple of crazy cousins. lol No way would I have jumped in the pool with my clothes on. Did they take off their shoes first?

  3. Yep, they are crazy, but I have to say if I'd been there as hot as it was I'd have jumped in too. Yes, they did take their shoes off. We had so much fun!!!

  4. (clearing throat) I for one did NOT jump into that pool. Just want to set the record straight. I walked down the steps like a refined lady. Thank you very much....LOL

    aka 'Muriel'

    1. Oh, excuse me! I'd have walked down too as am not a fan of jumping in, especially when the water is cold.